Friday, June 05, 2009

June 2009 events

Lets not forget the people who gave and gave up their lives June 3-6, 1989 in Beijing.
If you are too young to remember, Human Rights in China has a good backgrounder and FAQ:
Who can forget one man standing up to a tank:
For more recent HRIC news check out their blogspot:

Saturday, June 6, 1:00-6:30pm

World Anti-child Labour Day Symposium, main event (in Japanese)
Other events - throughout May and June
Fee: 1000
For more information:

Saturday, June 6, 1pm – 9pm
Refugees International Japan (RIJ) presents Rhythm and Hope
Awareness-raising event for World Refugee Day with art, music, food
Evening: Film screening of SIERRA LEONE'S REFUGEE ALL STARS and live performance by Latyr Sy and Africa Sunu Xelcom
Tickets: ¥3,000 (advance)/ ¥3,500 (at the door)
Ticket information: Lawson Ticket
Location: New Pier Hall, Tokyo
Access: Yurikamome Takeshiba St - 2 min, JR Hamamatsucho St - 7 min, Oedo Daimon Stn - 10 min
For more details contact:

Tuesday June 16 1:30* and 7:30pm, Wednesday June 17 1:30 and 7:00pm
The Crossroads Country: a play following the historical events of Afghanistan from the 1970s to 2002 Directed by Alec Harris and Produced by Mirage Studios.
Performances at Space Zero in Shinjuku. Map:
* For information and booking regarding the special student performance Tues June 16th 1.30pm please email (* Student ID required)
Please visit the website for details and to order tickets. For more details you can also contact
Presented by Tokyo International Players & The Embassy of Afghanistan.

Friday, June 19 2009, 6.30 - 9.00pm
Midsummer Madness - A lighthearted evening of theatre and buffet to celebrate 30 years of RIJ
Featuring Hanzomon Amateur Dramatic Society (HADS not HAMS)
PLACE: British Embassy Residence1 Ichibancho, Chiyoda-ku
MINIMUM DONATION 10,000 (to be collected at the door)
Dress code: business suit/smart casual. Please be prepared to show photo ID
Prior reservations are essential. Please complete fax names and contact information for each person to RIJ on 03-5500-3094

Saturday June 20 is World refugee day!

Sunday, June 28 2009, 2:00
Charity Concert ’09 , featuring Lucia Shiomitsu Harp Trio (Latin Music Group)
Suggested Donation: Y 2,000 or Y 2,500 on the day
Location : Tokyo Union Church, 7-7 Jingumae 5-Chome, Shibuya-ku , Tokyo 150-0001 Japan
Access: One minute walk from Exit A1 of Omote Sando Station.
For more details pls. contact the NANKIREN Secretariat Ms. Naoko Sato
TEL. No. (03) 3207-7801 /FAX (03) 3207-7803
Sponsoring Organization: Nankiren ( Christian Coalition for Refugees and Migrant Workers )
Mobile Phone: (090) 6012-8252 : Email Address:

Social change opportunities:
Join JEN’S Niigata weekend volunteer community development project => stay 2 or 3 nights in a small time and help elderly farmers who are still suffering from the Niigata Earthquake.
Upcoming trips are scheduled for: 6/12-6/14, 9/18-9/21, 10/9-10/12, 11/6-11/8, 11/13-11/15
Specific contents of each trip vary by the time of the year but include activities such as rice or sweet potato planting/harvesting, joining local festivals or picnics and meeting with people in the community.
For more information visit the website
Or contact

Interesting websites
Demand dignity => For a path out of Poverty, take the Human Rights route

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This network is open to all individuals desiring social change and it aims to connect like minded people who are interested in campaigning on issues that matter to them and, to open doors to finding out more and to create opportunities to act.